The NFL has announced the full allotment of compensatory picks for this year’s NFL draft, and the Browns, Packers, Jets and Raiders are among the teams that did well for themselves.
Compensatory picks are awarded based on a complex formula of the free agents a team has signed and lost, and based on that formula the Browns, Packers and Jets were the only teams in the league that were awarded four compensatory picks. The Raiders only got three picks, but they were three good ones: Oakland got the highest compensatory pick of any team in the league, a third-rounder, and also picked up a fourth-round compensatory pick and a fifth-round compensatory pick.
Thirty compensatory picks were awarded based on the compensatory pick formula, and two additional choices were awarded at the end of the seventh round to bring the total number of compensatory picks to 32. The two additional picks went to the Rams and Colts, with the Colts getting the 32nd and final compensatory pick, which is also the 253rd and final pick in the NFL draft. So the Colts will get both the No. 1 pick and Mr. Irrelevant.
The league’s full announcement on compensatory picks is here.